The Toothpick Trick: Guitar Setup and Maintenance

Quick guitar maintenance tip: If your guitar’s strap button screw becomes loose because the screw hole is worn, you can cut a small piece of round toothpick, install it in the screw hole and then re-install the strap button. It’s a simple fix and works...

Adjusting Pickup Height: Guitar Setup and Maintenance

The last step of any guitar setup applies only to electric guitars with adjustable pickups. That is to adjust the pickup heights so the volumes will be consistent. This is attained by moving the pickups either closer to or away from the strings, and therefore either...

Cleaning a Guitar’s Electronics: Guitar Setup and Maintenance

After you’ve finished the guitar setup process, there are a few other things you can do to make sure your guitar is functioning properly. One is to clean out the potentiometers and the output jack. First, remove the electronics control cavity backplate or pick...

Adjusting Intonation: Guitar Setup and Maintenance

Now that the truss rod is adjusted, the string action at the bridge is adjusted, and nut slots are dialed in, you can now do the last step of the setup, which is to adjust intonation. Tuning fretted instruments Fretted instruments have equal temperament by design, and...

Using a Strobe Tuner: Guitar Setup and Maintenance

The best way to get accurate readings when setting intonation is to use a good-quality strobe tuner. This is because strobe tuners act as a magnifying glass when tuning a guitar. If you break down the interval in between two notes into 100 separate intervals,...